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Sussex Museums Group

 

Sussex Museums Group

 

The Sussex Museums Group (SMG) is a cultural community dedicated to promoting, supporting & connecting museums & galleries in Sussex.

 

SMG's website helps visitors to explore Sussex museums and to discover their hidden treasures in the beautiful county of Sussex. Whether you are visiting a particular part of Sussex and want to locate the nearest museum, or you just want to find out about the museums on your doorstep, their website is a valuable resource.

Sussex Museums Group is a cultural community dedicated to promoting, supporting and connecting museums and galleries in Sussex. The Group aims to promote excellence of all levels in Sussex museums, to provide a forum for Members to debate museum and gallery issues, and to ensure that Sussex museums have a voice in the cultural community.

 

 

A-Z OF MUSEUMS IN SUSSEX

 

There are many Sussex museums that you could decide to visit and they all have a different specialism. A lot of history museums in Sussex are dedicated to local history and you will find lots of small museums dotted about the county. Why not take a day out to explore museums in Sussex? Listed below are Sussex museums that have great things to do and lots to learn from.

East Sussex:

• Battle Museum

• Yesterdays World – Battle

• Bexhill Museum

• Brighton Fishing Museum

• Mechanical Memories Amusement Museum - Brighton

• Stanmer Rural Museum – Brighton

• Ditchling Museum

• Eastbourne Heritage Centre

• How We Lived Then – Eastbourne

• The Redoubt Fortress – Eastbourne

• Towner Art Gallery – Eastbourne

• Fisherman’s Museum – Hastings

• Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

 

• Herstmonceux Museum - Ye old generating works

• Sussex Farm Museum – Horam

• The Regency Town House – Hove

• Newhaven Fort

• Newhaven Local and Maritime Museum

• Rye Art Gallery

• Rye Castle Museum

• Seaford Museum of Local History

• Stone Cross Windmill

West Sussex:

• Amberly Museum

• Arundel Museum

• Bluebell Railway Museum

• Bognor Regis Wireless Museum

• Bognor Regis Local History Society Museum

• Chichester District Museum

• Mechanical Music and Dolls House Museum - Chichester

• Ifield Watermill – Crawley

• Crawley Museum Centre

• Cuckfield Museum

• Fishbourne Roman Palace

• Henfield Museum

• Horsham Museum

• Hurstpierpoint Museum Group

• Littlehampton Museum

• Marlipins Museum – Shoreham

• Steyning Museum

• Storrington and District Museum

• Tangmere Militaru Aviation Museum Trust

• Weald and Downland Open Air Museum

• Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

 

 

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Medals and coin collections in Sussex

 

 

 

Arundel Museum

c/o the Town Hall, Maltravers Street, Arundel BN18 9AP

At present working from temporary accommodation at the Information Centre. Crown Yard. Arundel awaiting a new building, which should open 2013.

Contact details

Telephone: 01903 882456

Email: info@arundelmuseum.org

Website: www.arundelmuseum.org.uk

 

 

Bexhill Museum

Egerton Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex TN39 3HL

Bexhill Museum offers something for everyone, from local history and archaeology to fashion and Bexhill's motor heritage. The unique collections are housed in a distinctive building which combines a traditional Edwardian museum with a modern extension. Highlights include the original architect's model of the De La Warr Pavilion, the 'Old Windmill' painting by L.S. Lowry and a beautifully restored prototype of the 1950s Elva sports car. Located just off the seafront and overlooking the beautiful Egerton Park with free on-street parking. Facilities include full accessibility for the disabled, shop, refreshments, lift, WCs, free children's activity sheets.

Telephone: 01424 787950

Email: enquiries@bexhillmuseum.co.uk

Website: www.bexhillmuseum.co.uk

 

 

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Eastbourne Redoubt – Fortress & Museum

Royal Parade, Eastbourne BN22 7AQ

Built to keep Napoleon’s forces out, the Redoubt now welcomes you in to discover more than 200 years of history within its walls. Today this impressive seafront fortress houses the rich military collections of The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars, The Royal Sussex Regiment and the Sussex Combined Services collection. There are lots of opportunities to get hands-on with the collections in the galleries or come to one of our many family friendly events. Please call or see website for details.

 

Telephone: 01323 410300

Email: redoubtmuseum@eastbourne.gov.uk

Website: www.eastbournemuseums.co.uk

 

 

Hastings Fishermen’s Museum

Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW

 

The Fishermen’s Museum is one of the biggest attractions in Hastings. People come through the doors every year to see the many photographs, paintings and historic objects and to climb aboard the last of the local sailing luggers, built in 1912. The Museum is set amongst the unique net shops, the tall black sheds in which fishermen used to keep all their fishing gear. The net shop next to the Museum has a display of such equipment, and several old fishing boats are also on show on the adjoining beach.

 

Opening Hours

Winter: Oct – Mar, 11am – 4pm
Summer: Apr – Sept, 10am – 5pm
Open all year except Christmas Day

Contact details

Telephone: 01424 461446

 

Email: hastingsfishmermensmuseum@ohps.org

 

 

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Johns Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings TN34 1ET

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery has extremely rich and varied collections, with artefacts from prehistory to the present day and from every continent. Its collections include fine and decorative arts, local and natural history, and world art, including significant Native American collections. The most spectacular part of the Museum is the magnificent Durbar Hall, constructed for the 1886 Indian & Colonial Exhibition, which now also offers a unique venue for weddings and civil partnerships. There are plenty of special features for children, from fossils that transform into dinosaurs and free activity books to a play corner and dressing up.

Telephone: 01424 451052

Email: museum@hastings.gov.uk

Website: www.hmag.org.uk

 

 

Herstmonceux Museum

Herstmonceux Museum is a monument to the early electrical generating age. The wooden building once provided electricity to the whole village of Herstmonceux before 1913. The complex survived the First and Second World Wars to become the workshops for a local inventor and artist for over 30 years, many of which inventions (cars and boats) are on display. The museum is run by the Lime Park Heritage Trust. Admission is by arrangement for archaeological groups only at present.

Lime Park, Herstmonceux, BN27 1RF

Telephone: 01323 831727

Email: energy@solarnavigator.net

Website: http://www.cherrymortgages.com/historic_britain/museums_sussex.htm

 

 

Ifield Watermill

off Hyde Drive, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0PL

Ifield Watermill is thought to be the only working Watermill in West Sussex still powered by its original water source. Rebuilt after a fire in 1683, it was definitely in operation and used to grind corn from 1660 which it continued to do until the late 1920s after which it was left to deteriorate. In 1974 restoration work began and work continues to this day. As well as holding demonstrations of corn being ground, the Watermill also has a variety of related displays. It opens regularly to the public and can be opened specially for group visits.

Telephone: 01293 539088

Email: office@crawleymuseums.org

Website: www.crawleymuseums.org

 

 

Lewes Castle

169 High Street, Lewes BN7 1YE

Climb to the top of this 1000 year old Norman Castle for stunning panoramic views across Sussex. The adjoining Barbican House is home to the fascinating Museum of Sussex Archaeology and a mini cinema which tells the story of Lewes and the Castle from prehistoric to medieval times.

Admission Fees

Adult £6.60, child £3.30, concessions £5.90, family £17.80

 

Contact details

Telephone: 01273 486290

Email: castleshop@sussexpast.co.uk

Website: www.sussexpast.co.uk/properties-to-discover/lewes-castle

 

 

Newhaven Fort

Fort Road, Newhaven BN9 9DS

An award-winning attraction and a fine example of an English fortification, Newhaven Fort has the sights, sounds - even the smells - of the period, all found in a range of exhibitions and audio-visual presentations. Offering the perfect family day out, there is so much to explore at Newhaven Fort, including the vast, echoing tunnels built into the chalk cliffs. Experience a sense of freedom in this 10-acre site as you stroll along the ramparts and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the South Downs and Sussex Coast. The cliff-top gun emplacements are sure to fire any imagination!

Admission Fees

Adult £6.00 Senior/Concession £5.00 Child £4.00 Family (2 Adults & 2/3 Children) £18.70 Disabled Adult £3.25 Disabled Child Free Entry

 

Contact details

Telephone: 01273 517622

Email: info@newhavenfort.org.uk

Website: www.newhavenfort.org.uk

 

 

Ornate wooden carvings in Sussex

 

 

Rye Castle Museum

3 East Street, Rye TN31 7JY

Rye Castle Museum exists to provide access to an Ancient Monument (the Ypres Tower) and a collection of artefacts that reflect the history of the town of Rye and to ensure their continuous conservation and development and also to promote them to residents and visitors of all ages so that they can appreciate and understand the unique character of Rye and its surrounding landscape.

Admission Fees

Ypres Tower: adults £3.00, conc. £2.50, children free
East Street: adults £1.50, conc. £1.00, children free
Joint tickets and group rates available

 

Contact details

Telephone: 01797 226728

Email: info@ryemuseum.co.uk

Website: www.ryemuseum.co.uk

 

 

Seaford Museum of Local History

Martello Tower, 74 The Esplanade, PO Box 2132, Seaford BN25 9BH

Housed in a Grade 2-listed Martello Tower on the seafront, the museum displays all aspects of the local history of an ancient Cinque Port. The displays include shops and room settings, domestic memorabilia and a large collection of early wireless, gramophones and TV sets. There is also an archive and photographic collection, together with a Register of all houses in the town, with their histories where possible.

Admission Fees

Adults £1.50; Children 50p; Concessions £1.00; Members Free

 

Contact details

Telephone: 01323 898222

Email: info@seafordmuseum.co.uk

Website: www.seafordmuseum.co.uk

 

 

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Tangmere, near Chichester West Sussex PO20 2ES

Founded in 1982 and staffed entirely by volunteers, the museum is located on the site of a former RAF fighter station famous for its role in the Battle of Britain. Tangmere was also one of the main RAF bases covering the D-Day landings, and during the postwar period was the scene of two successful attempts on the World Air Speed Record. The museum has extensive collections of historic aircraft and aviation memorabilia. Amongst the many visitor attractions are numerous interactive displays and aircraft simulators for adults and children. There is a cafι and gift shop.

The museum is open every day between February 1st and November 30th March to October: 10.00am to 5.30pm February and November: 10.00am to 4.30pm

Admission Fees

Adults: £9.00 (£7.00 on production of Service ID) Over 60s: £7.00 Children between 5 and 16: £3.00 Children under 5: FREE Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children): £21.00 Schools visits are particularly welcome. The museum’s Education Department offers tailored programmes for primary and secondary pupils. Contact us for more details. Adult groups are also welcome. A 10% discount is applied for groups of 12 or more providing the visit is booked in advance and that payment is made by single transaction.

Contact details

Telephone: 01243 790090

Email: info@tangmere-museum.org.uk

Website: www.tangmere-museum.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Museums on Wikipedia - E. Sussex - W. Sussex

 

Name

Image

Town/City

Region

Type

Summary

1066 Battle Of Hastings, Abbey & Battlefield

Battle England.jpg

Battle

Rother

History

Operated by the English Heritage, includes the abbey ruins, visitor centre, battlefield site

Alfriston Clergy House

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Alfriston

Wealden

Historic house

Operated by the National Trust, 14th century Wealden hall house with a thatched roof

Anne of Cleves House

Anne of Cleves House, Southover High Street, Lewes, East Sussex - geograph.org.uk - 969539.jpg

Lewes

Lewes

Historic house

15th century Wealden hall house with local history displays, furniture and decorative items from different periods

Bateman's

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Burwash

Rother

Historic house

Operated by the National Trust, 17th-century house owned by author Rudyard Kipling, includes working watermill

Battle Museum of Local History

Battle

Rother

Local

information, local history, prehistoric, Roman, medieval, 17th/18th centuries, and local industryies such as iron, leather and gunpowder

Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum

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Halland

Wealden

Multiple

Palladian mansion with furnishings, automobile museum, gardens, wildfowl reserve, miniature steam train, woodlands

Bexhill Museum

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Bexhill-on-Sea

Rother

Multiple

website, local history, natural history, fashion, dinosaurs, stone-age life, Ancient Egyptians, military, world cultures, British motor racing

Bluebell Railway

Sheffield Park engine shed Bluebell Railway - geograph.org.uk - 978187.jpg

Fletching

Lewes

Transport

Heritage railway with museum displays at the Sheffield Park railway station

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam-castle-10My8-1197.jpg

Robertsbridge

Rother

Historic house

Operated by the National Trust, 14th century moated castle in ruins, periodic living history demonstrations

Booth Museum of Natural History

Brighton

Brighton and Hove

Natural history

Victorian-style dioramas of British birds in their habitat settings, butterflies, British fossils, animal bones

Brede Waterworks

Brede Waterworks, boiler house interior.JPG

Brede

Rother

Technology

Former waterworks with working steam engines

Brighton Fishing Museum

Brighton

Brighton and Hove

Maritime

Local fishing industry, boats

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

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Brighton

Brighton and Hove

Multiple

Art, decorative arts, natural history, puppets, fashion, world culture artifacts, Egyptian artifacts, local history

Brighton Toy and Model Museum

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Brighton

Brighton and Hove

Toy

Formerly the Sussex Toy And Model Museum, toys, dolls, model trains, puppets, penny arcade games, toy military dioramas

British Engineerium

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Hove

Brighton and Hove

Technology

Victorian pumping station with beam engines, planned museum

Charleston Farmhouse

Charleston Farmhouse, Sussex.jpg

Firle

Lewes

Historic house

Country home of the Bloomsbury group, interior decorations by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, exhibit gallery for fine and decorative art

De La Warr Pavilion

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.jpg

Bexhill-on-Sea

Rother

Art

Contemporary arts centre

Ditchling Museum

Ditchling

Lewes

Multiple

website, local art, crafts and applied art, local history

Eastbourne Heritage Centre

Eastbourne

Eastbourne

Local

website, operated by the Eastbourne Society

Eastbourne Redoubt

Centurion Tank outside the Redoubt Fortress.jpg

Eastbourne

Eastbourne

Military

Early 19th-century fort, includes collections of The Royal Sussex Regiment, Queen's Royal Irish Hussars, vehicles, weapons, uniforms, medals

Eastbourne RNLI Museum

Eastbourne

Eastbourne

Maritime

website, history of area lifeboat rescuing, operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Farley Farm House

Chiddingly

Wealden

Art

Home of photographer Lee Miller and biographer of Picasso, Roland Penrose, exhibits of Surrealist and Modern art

Firle Place

Firle Place.jpg

Firle

Lewes

Historic house

18th-century country estate with fine art and furnishings, gardens

Flower Makers' Museum

Hastings

Hastings

Textile

information, original company tools of the trade, machines and fabrics for making artificial flowers

Glynde Place

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Glynde

Lewes

Historic house

Elizabethan manor house, gardens

Grange Museum & Art Gallery

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Rottingdean

Brighton and Hove

Multiple

website, local history, art

Great Dixter

Great Dixter (Northiam, Kent) - geograph.org.uk - 170708.jpg

Northiam

Rother

Historic house

Medieval timber-framed manor house, Arts and Crafts style gardens

Hastings Fishermen's Museum

Former St Nicholas' Church (Fishermen's Church), Old Town, Hastings (IoE Code 294063).JPG

Hastings

Hastings

Maritime

Local fishing industry, boats, The Stade

Hastings Lifeboat

Hastings

Hastings

Maritime

website, visitor centre with film, viewing of the lifeboats

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Hastings

Hastings

Multiple

Art, local history, art and artifacts of the Indian subcontinent, decorative arts, natural history, Native American artifacts

Heritage Mill, North Chailey

Heritage Mill, side view.JPG

Chailey

Lewes

Mill

Early 19th century windmill

Hove Museum and Art Gallery

Hove

Brighton and Hove

Multiple

Art, contemporary crafts, local history, toys, early cinema artifacts

How We Lived Then

Eastbourne

Eastbourne

History

website, authentic Victorian period shops, room settings, displays covering 100 years of shopping and social history

Kent and East Sussex Railway

Northiam Railway Station.jpg

Northiam

Rother

Railway

Heritage railway, accessed at the Northiam railway station

Lamb House

Lamb House, Rye - geograph.org.uk - 195617.jpg

Rye

Rother

Historic house

Operated by the National Trust, 18th-century house with literary connections including Henry James, E.F. Benson and Rumer Godden

Lavender Line

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Isfield

Wealden

Railway

Heritage railway and exhibits including model railway at the Isfield railway station

Lewes Castle

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Lewes

Lewes

History

11th century motte and bailey castle, includes Barbican House Museum with archaeology and medieval life displays, and the Town Model of Lewes

Mechanical Memories Museum

Brighton

Brighton and Hove

Amusement

website, working vintage penny slot machines

Michelham Priory

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Upper Dicker

Wealden

Open air

Medieval priory house with furnishings from different periods, historic watermill, rope making museum, replica Iron Age roundhouse and other buildings, art exhibits, gardens

Monk's House

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Rodmell

Lewes

Historic house

Operated by the National Trust, 18th century cottage home of author Virginia Woolf and husband Leonard Woolf, connections to the Bloomsbury group

Musgrave Museum

Eastbourne

Eastbourne

Multiple

website, eclectic, personal art museum, collections of coins, old documents, Egyptian, and Victorian artifacts, art and archaeological artifacts relating to St. Paul

Newhaven Local & Maritime Museum

Newhaven

Lewes

Multiple

website, local history, maritime artifacts

Nutley Windmill

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Nutley

Wealden

Mill

Early 19th century windmill

Observatory Science Center

Herstmonceux

Wealden

Science

website, located at Herstmonceux Castle estate

Old Police Cells Museum

Brighton

Brighton and Hove

Law enforcement

website, history of the Sussex Police, housed in the basement of Brighton Town Hall

Ovenden's Mill

Polegate mill.jpg

Polegate

Wealden

Mill

Early 19th century windmill

Planet Earth Museum

Newhaven

Lewes

Natural history

website, dinosaurs, fossils, geology

Preston Manor, Brighton

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Brighton

Brighton and Hove

Historic house

Early 20th century period Edwardian manor

Redoubt Fortress and Military Museum

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Newhaven

Lewes

Military

Napoleonic-era fort and Martello tower with area military artefacts and memorabilia, exhibits on local military, World War I and World War II

Regency Town House

Hove

Brighton and Hove

Historic

website, 1820s townhouse with focus on the architecture and social history of Brighton & Hove between the 1780s and 1840s

Royal Pavilion

Brighton Royal Pavilion.jpg

Brighton

Brighton and Hove

Historic house

Early 19th century former royal seaside retreat, built in Indo-Saracenic style with lavish decorations and chinoiserie furnishings

Rye Art Gallery

Rye

Rother

Art

website

Rye Castle Museum

Ypres Tower.jpg

Rye

Rother

Multiple

Includes the Ypres Tower of the medieval castle, and the East Street Site with local history exhibits

Rye Heritage Centre

Rye

Rother

Local

website, local history using sound and light show, working collection of old pier amusement machines

Seaford Museum

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Seaford

Lewes

Local

Located in a Martello tower, local history, military, period stores and rooms, household items, model railway, maritime heritage

Shipwreck Heritage Centre

Hastings

Hastings

Maritime

website, artifacts from local shipwrecks, rocks and fossils, changes in the coast, coastal defense

Stanmer Rural Museum

Stanmer

Brighton and Hove

Agriculture

website, rural life artifacts, farm tools and equipment, wagons, reconstructed blacksmith's forge, household items

Stone Cross Windmill

Stone Cross mill.jpg

Stone Cross

Wealden

Mill

Late 19th century windmill

Towner

Eastbourne

Eastbourne

Art

Contemporary art museum and gallery

Volk's Electric Railway

Brighton

Brighton and Hove

Railway

Heritage railway that runs along a length of the seafront of Brighton

West Blatchington Windmill

West Blatchington Mill.jpg

West Blatchington

Brighton and Hove

Mill

Early 19th century windmill

Winchelsea Court Hall Museum

Winchelsea

Rother

Local

website, local history, maps, models, pictures, seals, local pottery and items of daily life

Windmill Hill Mill

Windmill Hill Mill.jpg

Herstmonceux

Wealden

Mill

Early 19th century windmill

Yesterday's World

Battle

Rother

History

website, period shops, rooms, historic household memorabilia, British Royal Family memorabilia, World War II evacuee display

 

 

LINKS

 

http://www.friday-ad.co.uk/article/museums-in-sussex

Arts Council England

Brighton Royal Pavilion, Libraries & Museums

Culture24

Sussex Past

Museums Association

British Museum

Day out with the kids Museums-and-Galleries

http://www.sussex-southdowns-guide.com/sussex-museums

http://www.sussextourism.org.uk/

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